1. Fight obesity with portion control

    Fight obesity with portion control
    It seems that in America, everything of value must be available super-sized. From our Big Gulps to our TV screens, many of us subscribe to the belief that “bigger is better.” But as Morgan Spurlock discovered and documented in the book and film “Super Size Me,” bigger can also mean deadlier in the case of our food portions. And as we...
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  2. Protect yourself from West Nile Virus

    Protect yourself from West Nile Virus
    This year we’re hearing alarming stories in the news about West Nile Virus, which has been reported in a greater numbers in North America than ever before. As of September 2012, 48 states have reported West Nile virus infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes. A total of 2,636 cases of West Nile virus disease in people, including 118 deaths, have...
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  3. The Original “Sinful” Fruit

    It’s been heralded as the “jewel of winter,” and many believe it is the actual source of Eve’s temptation in the Garden of Eden. Revered for its leathery skin, odd little seeds, and miraculous juice, this quirky fruit has been used medicinally in the Middle East, Iran, India, Egypt, and Greece for thousands of years to treat disease and infection...
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  4. Prevent Alzheimer’s with Exercise

    Prevent Alzheimer’s with Exercise
    Exercise seems to be a cure-all. It helps you maintain your weight, reduces your risk of heart disease and diabetes, and even protects of your brain, in terms of brain volume and neural connections. And now research shows that exercise can reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Seattle researchers divided 41 adults into two groups, one with normal cognitive function...
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  5. 5 Common Myths About Prostate Health

    5 Common Myths About Prostate Health
    Myth #1: If you have prostate symptoms, it is likely to be cancer. False. There are clinical conditions of the prostate gland that are not cancer, including the following: Prostatism - any condition of the prostate that causes interference with the flow of urine from the bladder. Prostatitis - inflammation that may be accompanied by discomfort, pain, frequent or infrequent...
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  6. The Emotional Toll of Natural Weight Loss

    The Emotional Toll of Natural Weight Loss
    After sorting through weight loss studies conducted between 2003 and 2009, researchers found eight primary reasons people failed to maintain their weight loss. These included: Unrealistic weight loss expectations, Failure to reach weight loss goals, Black and white thinking (some weight loss versus meeting goal), Emotional eating, Lack of dietary restraint, Costs overweighing benefits, Depression, and Poor body image Of...
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  7. Health benefits of mindfulness practice

    Health benefits of mindfulness practice
    Specific types of "mindfulness practices" including Zen Buddhist meditation and its secular offshoots, have demonstrated benefits for patients with physical and mental health problems, according to a report in the July Journal of Psychiatric Practice. How do these practices work to affect mental and physical health? Dr. William R. Marchand, one of the report’s authors, points to recent research showing...
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  8. Physical activity helps prevent Alzheimer’s

    Physical activity helps prevent Alzheimer’s
    Many Americans fear Alzheimer ’s disease, and with good reason. Nearly 5.5 million of us already have it, and those numbers are expected to rise in the next decade. We fear it not only because of the impact cognitive decline would have in our own lives, but because of the suffering and expense it would entail for our loved ones...
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  9. Healthy Recipes: Golden Walnut Couscous Salad

    Healthy Recipes: Golden Walnut Couscous Salad
    Here’s a tasty salad recipe that’s perfect as a side dish or healthy snack:   Ingredients 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 1 cup couscous 2 teaspoons ground cumin 1/2 cup fresh orange juice 1/4 cup seasoned rice wine vinegar 1 small yellow bell pepper, seeded and diced 1/2 cucumber, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded and thinly sliced 1/2 cup sliced radishes salt...
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  10. Improve Brain Health with Lifelong Learning

    Improve Brain Health with Lifelong Learning
    The most interesting, intelligent and vibrant people in your life probably are those who have never lost their love of learning. Decades of research tell us that the sign of a healthy brain is one that is constantly changing, growing and re-wiring itself. The ability of the brain to change itself is termed brain plasticity or neuroplasticity. Dr. Michael Merzenich...
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